You’ll Need A Lot More than a BB Gun to Put Down a Charging Bear

Spend more time outside you said. Care for poor helpless animals you said. Guns are not progressive you said… pic.twitter.com/A6VcADM3Oe — Nikka (@Nikka_777) March 25, 2014 This week the U.S. Treasury Department announced a new traunch of economic sanctions that, among other things, should compel Russia to scale back adventurism in the Crimea and Ukraine.  A reporter had asked …

Response to Russia: Doomed to Fail Unless Immediate Action Taken

Thursday last week I moderated a panel on Capitol Hill with the Ambassadors from Ukraine, Czech Republic, Georgia and Lithuania titled: European Ambassadors to Discuss “Russian Aggression: Exploring the Implications of Putin’s Annexation of Crimea”. The discussion was co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the School of Theology and Religious Studies at …

Russia’s Latin America Play – Someone Needs to Tell Vladimir to Butt Out …

Downtown Fredericksburg, #Virginia@VisitFredVA on Saturday evening with good friends. @YleemPobletepic.twitter.com/JZgLPwbWpk — jasonpoblete (@JasonPoblete) March 23, 2014 Yleem and I shared an enjoyable evening with good friends yesterday in Fredericksburg, Virginia. There is a lot of history in Fredericksburg, some of it pre-dating what the region is most known for today, the scene of many pivotal Civil …

The Homer Simpsons of the Crimea Crisis

Washington, DC is digging out of yet another winter snow storm today. While they are at it, politicos might as well pick up a political shovel to also dig themselves out of the Ukraine political hole they keep digging. If this is the opening to some new Cold War, doubtful, or a prelude to the …

While Russia “Creates” the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, US Righteously Indignant

The United States is a day late and a dollar short, again. Without firing a shot, Russia has created the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. This Ukraine business is a significant strategic loss for the West and other lovers of freedom. The best the United States, and NATO allies will be able to do is impose sanctions …

Obama should Enforce US-Cuba Laws as Congress intended

The National Review Online ran a P2 (Jason and Yleem Poblete) piece today, “Call Cuba To Account: Obama should implement LIBERTAD as Congress intended“: This week marks the 18th anniversary of the downing of two U.S. civilian planes by the Cuban military over international waters. On February 24, 1996, Cessnas flown by members of the organization …

One Year Later, Russians Still Complaining About Magnitsky law

In a recent Pravda.ru editorial, numerous Russian leaders and thinkers took aim at a U.S. law that imposed economic sanctions on individuals believed to have been involved in the arrest, torture, and death of Sergei Magnitsky. The equivalent of a whistleblower, Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer who took on Russian corruption and paid the price. For …